Aula Diano / Sala Stefanini
Piazza Capitaniato 3, Padova
We are glad to give notice of the 4-day Seminar Historical Subjectivity, which will be held by Christopher Yeomans (Purdue University, USA) and will find place in four sessions, on June 20th, 21st, 23rd and 28th, 2022 at the University of Padova.
Below you can find the program of the workshop.
Description: ‘Historical subjectivity’ is meant in two senses. First, it means the sort of subjectivity that we moderns have historically come to have. Second, it means a subjectivity that is essentially historical. These are related: modernity produced a form of subjectivity that is essentially conscious of itself as historical. The central thinkers whose insights we will are the philosopher G.W.F. Hegel and the historian Reinhart Koselleck. The hypothesis to be explored is that a metaphysics of historical time is the key to understanding the form of normativity that first allows us a tenable model of the modern self and its self-consciousness.
Format: Each session will have a text to be read in advance, and a supplementary handout distributed in class with passages from different authors framing the relevant debate.
June 20th, Aula Diano, 4,30pm.
Session 1: Introduction
Text: Reinhart Koselleck, “Zeitschichten” (pp. 19-26 of Zeitschichten (Suhrkamp 2003)/pp. 3-9 of Sediments of Time (Stanford 2018)).
June 21st, Aula Diano, 4,30pm.
Session 2: Normativity
Text: G.W.F. Hegel, Elements of the Philosophy of Right, Part II: Morality.
June 23rd, Sala Stefanini, 4,30pm.
Session 3: Self-Consciousness
Text: Reinhart Koselleck, “’Erfahrungsraum’ und ‘Erwartungshorizont’” (pp. 349-375 in Vergangene Zukunft (Suhrkamp 1989)/pp. 255-276 in Futures Past (Columbia 2004)).
June 28th, Aula Diano, 4,30pm.
Session 4: Metaphysics
Text: G.W.F. Hegel, Science of Logic, Volume 2, Section III, Chapter 3: The Absolute Idea (GW 12.236-253).